Manufacturing AUTOMATION caught up with Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson at the Skills Canada National Competition in June. He talked to us about the competition, how it has evolved over the last 20 years, how the perception of skilled trades has evolved, and what industry can do to help bridge the skills gap. Take a look.
Skills Canada’s National Competition took place in Mississauga, Ont., in June, and Manufacturing AUTOMATION was there. Five hundred of Canada’s best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices competed for a chance to make it on Team Canada for Worlds Skills 2015 in Brazil. In this video, we find out more about the Robotics, Mechatronics, and Automation and Control competitions.
Our editorial advisory board recently sat down for our annual roundtable meeting. Among the topics we discussed this year were the positive trends our board members are seeing in the Canadian manufacturing industry. Watch the video to learn the five top positive trends they've noted. To learn more about the discussion, read the cover story of our June 2014 issue. Stay tuned for Part Two of the video, which will focus on the challenges that remain.Manufacturing AUTOMATION editorial advisory board members: Al Diggins, EMC; Don McCrudden, Festo; Bill Valedis, Precision Training, Products and Services; David Green, marketing professional; Piero Cherubini, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology (Absent from meeting: Sherman Lang, NRC)
Published in Thought Leaders
Fluke recently unveiled an app that allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones. Manufacturing AUTOMATION was in Chicago for the exclusive media preview of Fluke Connect. Watch the video to learn more.
Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently toured Hyphen's rapid prototyping and envrionmental testing centre in Kitchener, Ont. Following the tour, editor Mary Del Ciancio talked with Hyphen's Mark Barfoot and Joseph Holland about additive manufacturing, the opportunities for manufacturers, challenges that remain, and expectations for the future.
Published in 3D Printing
Many manufacturers have struggled in recent years, but better days are here. There has been a lot of good news coming out of the manufacturing industry these days. This video highlights some of them.
This week's Industry Update video focuses on additive manufacturing. Watch the video and learn about the double-digit growth expected for the 3D printing market over the next several years; a new event in Canada that will focus on the technology; and what's ahead in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's May 2014 issue.
On March 18, FABTECH Canada kicked off with a panel discussion about embracing women in the manufacturing industry. This video provides some of the highlights, including four ways to attract more women to the skilled trades.
In this edition of Industry Update, Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio discusses the latest data on manufacturing sales in Canada, as well as what the recent federal budget means for the industry.
RIC Centre of Mississauga, ON, hosts Growing Your Business monthly breakfast-with-the-experts seminars to help entrepreneurs fast-track the commercialization process. At the February 2014 breakfast meeting, RIC Centre executive director Pam Banks spoke about the advantages of now being in the same building with Xerox Research Centre of Canada, while presenters discussed ways to get financing for a startup or early stage business in the high technology sector. Featured in this video with their advice are: John MacRitchie, regional director, Business Development, Ontario Centres of Excellence; Michele Cooper, manager, Business Centre, Business Development Bank of Canada; and Christina Müller, president and CEO of startup Insight Nanofluidics.
At SPS IPC Drives 2013 in Nurmemberg, Germany, Idec managing director Stephen Schiller, European Operations, outlines the new multiprotocol- and USB-compatible, analog and digital I/O, SmartAXIS line of PLCs and touchscreen controllers for a broad range of automation applications.
The har-flexicon product line has been designed for the toolless connection of single wires and the SMT/SMC-reflow-soldering process, while the har-flex connector series is a flexible PCB connector for a wide range of board-to-board and board-to-cable applications. Craig Zagorski, Market & Applications manager, Automation & Machinery, HARTING Inc. of North America, provides a product update on the two product lines from the HARTING booth at SPS IPC Drives 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Michael Fraede, sales management, Electric Drives Europe, Festo AG & Co. KG, describes the mini H gantry EXCM system for electronics assembly production applications.The gantry EXCM shown at SPS IPC Drives 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, is suitable for use as an automation platform, for example for testing, screwdriving, dosing and various pick-and-place tasks.
EPLAN Software & Service department head of product management, Thomas Michels, demonstrates the 3D cabinet wiring and layout design developer's mobile app for the iPad, along with an update describing its Technology Partners, Manufacturer EPLAN Data Portal and its Certified ERP/PDM/PLM interfaces.
Hans Michael Krause, business development manager, Automation Printing & Packaging, Bosch Rexroth AG, demonstrates what the company offers for intelligent networking and Connected Industry 4.0 at SPS IPC Drives 2013 in the form of a model assembly line for manufacturing custom USB key drives.
At SPS IPC Drives 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, Jörg Rottkord, Beckhoff Automation area sales manager, North America International Sales and Business Development, shows how a consumer product such as Google Glass could be repurposed to accomplish future automation diagnostics tasks.
At SPS IPC Drives 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, Advanced Motion Controls marketing engineer Rene Ymzon walks through the company's Click&Move Soft Automation Solution with its HMI, and discusses how servo drives can play a part in motion control. Also shown is the electronics assembly equipment that AMC built for its own use in-house to provide conformal coatings on printed circuit boards without the need for prior masking.
A new educational tool — a flexible, user-configurable 3D simulation application for automation training — is now available to educators and manufacturers in Canada. Editor Mary Del Ciancio sat down with Bill Valedis, from Precision Training Products and Services, to learn more about this tool, which he says takes the simulation environment for education purposes to a new level. Watch the video to learn more.
Connector products find their way into everything - from automation, medical and transportation applications to energy and telecommunications. Sven Holtgrewe, managing director at CONEC, provides a market overview from the company's European headquarters in Lippstadt, Germany, just prior to the SPS IPC Drives 2013 show.
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